This was one of my first and one of my last experiences in Yangon. I just had to visit twice! Once during daytime, and once in the evening, when candles are lit and the pagoda has its own shine and serenity. Medicine for the soul! Very different from a Tuesday morning, which was very busy even at 06:00-07:00 a.m. The pagoda has four entrances. One just down the street from my hotel. Another one on the opposite side, which is the one my friends and I chose both times. Here parking is good. You can either walk up a stairway covered by a wooden, carved ceiling and lined with shops selling what you might need for your prayers, or do it the easy and less interesting way, by an elevator. All this after removing our shoes and paying for a ticket, which is for foreigners only. At the top the amazement kicks in. The massive pagoda grounds with stupas scattered all over the place, all surrounding the mother stupa in the middle, lays invitingly before you. On your clockwise walk around the wondrous complex you will see that there are corners for each day of the week, for people to worship at their day (of birth). Traveling around the country and seeing a lot of pagodas, there is no golden pagoda that compares to this beauty! Period!!